Antigua and Barbuda 2010

On the shortest day of the year, nothing cures the winter blahs like tropical blue water and a deserted beach. CW senior editor Bill Springer relives some fond memories of a charter in Antigua and Barbuda.

On the shortest day of the year, nothing cures the winter blahs like tropical blue water and a deserted beach. CW senior editor Bill Springer relives some fond memories of a charter in Antigua and Barbuda.

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We had miles of perfect sand and tranquil turquoise water to ourselves.Bill Springer

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A squall is coming but we couldn't have cared less. Just made the seascape even more dramatic.Bill Springer

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Ahhhhhhhhhhh.Bill Springer

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We feasted on burgers, fries, and grilled chicken in "Town" on Island X.Bill Springer

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Notice anything weird in this shot of our charter boat in English Harbour, Antigua? There's not a breath of wind. It was kinda crazy being there when the trades had strangely stopped blowing for several days.

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I'm convinced that a waterproof camera is a must-have piece of kit for any sailing trip. All the cameras I tested were easy to use and allowed me to take goofy pictures like this one.Bill Springer

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We also learned to dive on this trip and I love how nonchalant Caroline is with the regulator coming out of the side of her mouth in this shot. You'd never know that this was our first real, open-water dive.Courtesy of Bill Springer

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We spend a fantastic, windless evening anchored behind the reef off Green Island, Antigua.Bill Springer